The U.S. Senate voted Tuesday to confirm Kirstjen Nielsen as the next secretary of the Department Homeland Security, installing a close confidant of White House Chief of Staff John Kelly to lead the massive federal agency responsible for carrying out many of President Trump’s most ambitious domestic policy plans.
Nielsen, 45, developed a reputation for fierce devotion to Kelly as his deputy at the White House, and before that as his chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security, which he ran from January until July.
An attorney and cybersecurity expert, Nielsen will be the first DHS secretary with previous experience working at the agency. Her confirmation Tuesday gives the White House a DHS chief well-versed in the politics and the policy goals of Trump’s immigration enforcement agenda.
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